Doucoure turns down Mali call up

Mali were hoping to boost their national side with the addition of Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. 

Doucoure, born in France and a representative of Les Bleus’ youth national sides from U17 to U21, is of Malian descent by way of both of his parents. 

Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba included the former Watford and Rennes player in his squad for their friendlies against Ghana and Iran this week.

The headlines, however, were dominated by the inclusion of Wolves winger Adama Traore in the squad, but Traore has since rejected the call-up and opted to represent Spain.

Mali reportedly contacted Doucoure in March 2019 over a potential call up, only for the midfielder to reject the approach in hope of representing France.

Almost a year later Doucoure said in an interview that he was targeting a place in the France national team but was still open to representing Mali.

Doucoure did not respond to Mali’s summons and did not show up to the recently-started camp.

The 27-year-old joined Everton from relegated Watford this summer for a fee of €20m.